If you’ve got the GED coming up, set yourself up for success by being prepared. Here’s what to do the day before the GED to make sure you are ready to achieve your best score.
Review, Don’t Cram
If you’ve planned ahead, you shouldn’t feel the need to cram the day before the GED. Hitting the books hard at the last minute will likely lead to more stress and won’t do much to improve your score. Instead, spend the day before the test doing a brief review (no more than 1-2 hours) of what you’ll need to know for the section(s) of the GED you’ll be taking the next day. Some ideas for how to spend this review time:
- Go through flash cards of key concepts.
- Try a few practice problems.
- Try some these online practice tools.
- Target your weakest areas. If you’ve taken GED Ready® official practice test (available by logging into MyGED), your score report will tell you your areas of greatest weakness. Focus on boosting these areas.
Know Where to Go
The day before the GED, you’ll want to double-check your registration and make sure you have the time and place correct. Make sure you know ahead of time where your testing center is located, how to get there, and how long it will take you to get there. Plan to leave early, giving yourself plenty of time to account for traffic and other circumstances. You should plan to arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes prior to the testing time in order to check in.
The night before the GED, make sure you have everything you will need to bring with you to the testing center. You don’t want to scramble in the morning and risk being late or forgetting something important.
What to bring to the GED:
- A valid, government-issued photo ID
- Calculator (optional): You may choose to bring a calculator. The GED will have an on-screen calculator available on certain sections, but if you want a handheld calculator, you must bring your own. The testing center will NOT provide one. The TI-30XS is the only approved model.
- Snacks: If you’re taking more than one subtest in one day, you’ll have a break in between each one. Bring snacks to fuel you for success.
- Comfortable, layered clothing: It’s a good idea to plan your outfit ahead of time to save time in the morning. Plan to dress comfortably. Layers are a great way to make sure you won’t be distracted by a testing room that may be too hot or too cold.
Check with your specific state’s requirements for exactly what to bring with you.
What NOT to bring to the GED:
- Cell phones: These are NOT allowed in the testing room.
- Paper or writing utensils: You won’t need these, since the test is computer based. You will be given erasable boards and markers to use for scratch work.
The night before the GED is not the time to pull an all-nighter. You will do better on the test if you’re well-rested. Give yourself some downtime between studying and bedtime. Take time to relax and calm any nerves. Set and double-check your alarm, then go to bed early, get a full night’s sleep, and plan to give yourself plenty of time in the morning. You’ll be much more alert when you get to the test if you didn’t just roll out of bed. Do your best to relax and walk into the GED with confidence on test day.
Summary: What to Do the Day Before the GED
Prepare for the next day in these three ways:
- Get your BRAIN ready with a brief review.
- Get your STUFF ready by getting your materials, registration, and directions all set ahead of time.
- Get your BODY ready by getting plenty of rest.
With preparation, you can achieve success on the GED. Good luck!